It’s quite possibly some of the best news that everyone running a film blog should jump on, because it involves famed director S.S. Rajamouli, his newest hit action epic, RRR, and a possible sequel in the works.
Rajamouli, who also directed hits like the two-part Prahbas-led Baahubali in 2015 and 2017, confirmed the film’s development while attending a screening of RRR in Chicago, as reported by The Film Stage‘s Jordan Raup and confirmed by Variety on Monday.
“My father is the story writer for all my films. We discussed a bit about [RRR 2] and he’s working on the story,” said Rajamouli.
The hit Telugu action adventure, rejoining Rajamouli with two actors from his previous works – NT Rama Rao Jr. (Yamadonga) and Ram Charan Teja (Magadheera) – was developed as a thought experiment by Rajamouli with a script that pits together two historical figures, Komaram Bheem and Alluri Sitarama Raju who never met in real-life. RRR takes place in the 1920s before their fight for India’s independence against the colonial British began, imagining a fictional meeting between the two legends, set in motion by the kidnapping of a young village girl by British soldiers.
Since its theatrical release in March, RRR has taken off to become not only a commercial box office hit, but a massive gamechanger for Indian cinema around the world. Variance Films and Potentate Films partnered together over the summer with Sarigama Cinemas to showcase screenings of the film to American audiences with Rajamouli in attendance, rousing audiences with cheers, ovations and even dancing for its reception.
How Rajamouli plans to top his achievements with RRR remains to be seen, but a sequel won’t be immediate with the director currently on deck for a new action adventure project in Africa featuring actor Mahesh Babu.
To be clear, I haven’t been able to join the #encoRRRe hype train as rare as these screenings are and due to other life-related constraints. Not gonna lie though, a sequel to RRR at this point sounds even more exciting so I hope I can finally see the first part on the small screen before long. Oof!
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